Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book

A great book not just for backcountry touring but also for winter camping.



Winter backpacking in both New England where I grew up or my current home in the Rockies, means SNOW.

Turns out, that this white, fluffy substance can be intimidating to otherwise competent outdoors people.

The thought of venturing into the backcountry during winter can sound a bit off-putting.

But winter is not a time to be afraid of being outside. Rather, it is a chance to see something in a different way.

A popular and crowded lake in summer becomes a solo delight in winter as one example.

Winter does require some more preparation and an expanded skill set, however.

And one way to get some of this knowledge is a great book called  Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, Revised and Even Better!: Traveling & Camping Skills For A Winter Environment.   Available in both paperback and Kindle format, this book is similar to other books of this type in the Falcon series.

Meaning the book is concise, is a quick and amusing read and has funny yet informative illustrations from Mike Clelland.

Though the title of the book is about backcountry skiing, perhaps 80% of the book is for general backcountry winter skills. And the part about skiing? It is aimed towards touring where distance and being out at least overnight, rather than a quick climb to make turns, is the objective.

The books covers turning techniques, basic avalanche awareness, layering, shelter preparation and other important backcountry winter skills.  The book won’t tell you everything that is needed when it comes to  backcountry winter skills. But the book will certainly help you get started.

All in all, an excellent resource for someone who wishes to explore the backcountry in winter without necessarily reading the bakcountry equivalent of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. (Or, if you have a more modern bent, GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire series… Less French. More Ice Zombies. Still a lot of snow.)



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